Allegations against Kavanaugh pose test for #MeToo movement

NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly a year old and still making headlines almost daily, the #MeToo movement faces a test of its staying power in the sexual assault allegations against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Leaders of the movement suggest that Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, might not found the courage to come forward about an alleged assault from her high school days without the examples set by women worldwide who’ve spoken out about past encounters with sexual assault.

The movement exploded in October 2017, sparked by allegations of sexual misconduct against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. It has toppled powerful men in entertainment, journalism, politics, high tech and other sectors.

It also fueled a backlash among those who felt the movement sometimes led to excesses and injustice. Ford’s allegations have rekindled that resentment.

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